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BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Barefoot Beauty used a sizzling 57.1 second half mile and scored a convincing 1-1/2 length victory over Sweetnsinful in 1:54.4 to highlight the New York Sires Stakes action for 2-year-old filly pacers Wednesday night at Batavia Downs (Sept. 18). Barefoot Beauty's sparkling time erased the Batavia Downs' track record for 2-year-old fillies of 1:55 set in 2006 by Paula's Best, which was the longest standing mark at North America's oldest lighted harness track. While Barefoot Beauty broke a record, Marty Party tied the Batavia Downs' track record for aged pacing mares in the very next race as she went the mile in 1:53.4 in the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open. The time tied the mark set in 2012 by Up Front Kellie Jo. It was definitely a night of upsets in the Sires Stakes as Barefoot Beauty was overlooked by the public and returned $26.20 while Table Talk took the first division and returned $24.20. Barefoot Beauty (Art Major-Stunning Beauty) sat sixth at the start as Rain Cloud Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the lead and went the half in 57.3. Driver Doug McNair came first over with Barefoot Beauty just before the half then blew past the front-running Rain Cloud Hanover midway down the backstretch and never looked back. Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore) rallied for second while Rain Cloud Hanover held on for third. "She was real good tonight." Talented young reinsman McNair said. "When I pulled the (ear) plugs she just took off." It was the third win in seven career starts for Barefoot Beauty, owned by James Avritt Sr. and trained by Gregg McNair. The victory pushed her winnings to $44,478 this season. It took nine starts but Table Talk (Bettors Delight-Place At The Table) finally reached the winner's circle after going gate-to-wire in 1:55.2 with Jim Marohn Jr. aboard for the ride in the first division worth $52,506. Table Talk was able to set the fractions with 27.0, 57.1 and 1:26.2 as Bikinis On Top dropped into the pocket. Suplemental Income (Jason Bartlett), the heavy 1-to-4 favorite, was first over at the half but called it a night at the three-quarter marker and finished fifth. Table Talk had plenty of pace down the stretch and easily held off Bikinis On Top (Doug McNair) by 2-1/4 lengths while Wondering Heart (Jimmy Whittemore) took the show spot. "She got locked in last week at Vernon and we wanted to give her every chance possible tonight so we decided to leave with her." Driver Jim Marohn Jr. said. "Once she made the lead she paced real strong right to the wire." Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Bart Dalious, Table Talk now has $26,253 in earnings in her first season. In the $12,600 Excelsior Series for the 2-year-old filly pacers, Spreester ($4.00) made it seven-for-nine in her career as she scored the victory in 1:56.2 for driver Jim McNeight. Jim Morrill Jr.won two Excelsior Series races leading Barbuda Babe to the win in 1:59 in a non-betting affair and notched a victory with Carlotta Blue Chip ($3.60) in 1:57.0. In the Open Pace for fillies and mares, Marty Party ($3.80) sat the pocket most of the way and used a late charge in the passing lane to nip the pace-setting Winbak Heavenly by a neck. It was her first start since arriving from Yonkers, Harrah's Philadelphia and Pocono Downs. Marty Party, driven by Morrill Jr., is owned by Howard and Michael Ouriel and is trained by Don Rothfuss. The racing resumes on Friday night when a 12-race card will be presented with first post scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The feature on the program will be the $8,500 Open Trot where Winky's Pride is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the full field of eight. Winky's Pride will score from the four spot with Kevin Cummings in the sulky. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Last season Gregg McNair clinched his first Johnston Cup title with three Grassroots Championship victories. This year the Guelph resident could watch Saturday’s festivities from the Mohawk Racetrack grandstand and still take home the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s leading trainer award. After jumping out to an early lead in June McNair has been unstoppable and currently sits 129 points ahead of his nearest rival, Puslinch resident Richard Moreau. The horseman has raced 24 different pacers and nine trotters this season, making winner’s circle appearances in every division except the two-year-old trotting colt. The trainer will only harness entries in two Grassroots Championships this season, but his starters make up almost one-third of the two-year-old pacing filly field and are headlined by division point leader Momara. “She’s had a surprisingly good year,” says McNair of the Lis Mara filly, who will start from Post 7. “She always had a lot of potential, but she wasn’t just the greatest gaited thing all winter, so she’s been a nice surprise.” McNair shares ownership of Momara with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Don MacDonald and David Kryway of Amherstburg. The partners also bred the winner of $65,634, who has not been bested in Grassroots action since the July 2 season opener at Georgian Downs. McNair’s son Doug will steer Momara in Saturday’s $50,000 test, which is slated for Race 8. Momara’s stablemate Can Art finished third in the point standings and will attempt to capture the division title from Post 4. A daughter of Artistic Fella and former McNair trainee Canadette, who won $449,634 in her racing career, Can Art has always ranked near the top of the trainer’s freshman pacing filly group, which also includes the American-bred star Precocious Beauty ($376,062). “She trained down real big last winter,” says the horseman. “She’s a little like her grand dam, Legacy of Fame ($861,061). You get floating along with her and you really don’t realize how fast you’re going.” Chatham resident Rob Chapple bred and owns Can Art, who comes into the Championship off a three and one-quarter length win in the Sept. 11 Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway. The final member of McNair’s potent two-year-old pacing filly trio is Regally Ready, who also reeled off a win in the last regular season event, posting a 1:56.4 personal best over the Grand River oval. The Royal Mattjesty daughter, owned by Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA, finished sixth in the point standings and will start from Post 2 on Saturday. “She’s got a lot better that mare. She’s stronger now than she was at the start of the year,” says McNair. “She’s got gate speed and she’ll race from out of it too.” The trainer’s fourth starter is three-year-old pacing colt Southwind Amazon, who gets Post 4 in the tenth race. The Camluck colt found the winner’s circle for the first time this season in the Sept. 8 Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway where he stopped the teletimer at 1:56.4. “I don’t think he got beat in the Grassroots as a two-year-old,” notes McNair. “But we tried to switch him over to the Gold at the end of last year and it ended up he had a cracked P1 bone or something. He had to have surgery on it. “He’s come back, but he’s not as dominant as he was,” the trainer continues. “The rest caught up to him I guess.” After going four-for-four in the Grassroots last season Southwind Amazon posted one win, two seconds and three thirds in six regular season starts, putting him fourth in the sophomore pacing colt point standings. Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI owns the winner of $94,184 and Doug McNair will be in the race bike for Saturday’s test. Mohawk Racetrack raises the curtain on its Saturday, Sept. 21 program at 7:25 pm, and turns the spotlight on the province’s best Grassroots competitors in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. Race 7 features the $284,000 Milton Final for aged pacing mares, highlighted by former Ontario Sires Stakes stars Monkey On My Wheel and Voelz Hanover. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0921mohsn.dat

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Metro Pace winner Boomboom Ballykeel returns to Ontario Sires Stakes action on Friday, Sept. 20 at Mohawk Racetrack and the two-year-old pacing colt is in a must win situation if he is to extend his season through next weekend’s $200,000 Super Final. The Mach Three son has just five points to his credit from a fifth-place finish in the July 8 Gold Series leg at Mohawk and the current cut off for a berth in the Super Final is 38. A win, worth 50 points, would launch the Richard Moreau trainee into the post season, but a runner- up result, worth 25 points, will leave him short. “He’s got himself in a jackpot,” says owner-breeder Cam McKnight ruefully. “He is sharp, he trained in 1:55 on Wednesday (Sept. 11) at Mohawk, but then again everything has to line up,” adds the Tillsonburg resident. “You’ve got to be lucky. You don’t just have to have a good horse; you have to have a lucky horse.” Boomboom Ballykeel and regular reinsman Sylvain Filion of Milton will be looking for luck from Post 5 in the tenth race on Friday, in a division that is loaded with talent. Point leader Three Of Clubs will start from Post 3 for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and his partners Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham and Mid-Summer Challenge winner Arthur Blue Chip gets Post 7 for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and Shadow One Stable of Guelph. Two other colts ranked in the top 10, Twin B Spy, who races out of Cambridge resident Casie Coleman’s barn for West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Adriano Sorella of Milton, and Cluster Hanover, owned and trained by Cambridge resident Jack Darling, will start from Posts 1 and 4, respectively. The other $105,000 freshman pacing colt division goes postward as Race 5. In addition to the two-year-old pacing colts Mohawk will also host the regular season finales for the two and three-year-old trotting colts. The freshmen will star in Races 1, 2 and 9 and William Wellwood Memorial runner-up Harper Blue Chip is in the same dilemma as Boomboom Ballykeel, needing a win and some luck to land in the post season. The Mark Steacy trainee, who is also piloted by Filion, will start from Post 3 in the second race. The sophomore trotting colts will wage their battles in Races 3 and 6, and division point leader Thankyoukessel will be looking to make it two in a row for trainer Joseph MacIsaac and owner-breeder Carolyn Williston of Moffat from Post 6 in the sixth race. Post time for Friday’s Ontario Sires Stakes laden program is 7:25 pm. For complete entries      Sandra Snyder

 ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway wraps up its Ontario Sires Stakes season on a high note this Friday, Sept. 20, hosting the final Gold Series leg for the province’s top two-year-old pacing fillies and trotting fillies. The pacing fillies kick things off in the second race with a $105,000 division loaded with Top 10 talent. Second-ranked Yoselin Seelster gets Post 6, fourth-ranked Alibi Seelster will benefit from Post 1, number eight filly Porsche Seelster will line up at Post 5 for trainer Gregg McNair, and ninth-ranked Performing Art gets Post 2. Only the top 10 point earners will advance to next weekend’s Super Final and there are three fillies sitting right below the leaders who will be hoping to make the leap into the lucrative post season. Regil Meg is just four points back and comes into the contest off a runner-up finish in the Sept. 13 Gold event at Mohawk Racetrack. The Artistic Fella daughter will have to overcome the outside Post 8 to score a top three finish for trainer Carmen Auciello and owners Denarben Stables of Thornhill and Rocco Auciello of Stouffville. Also needing a top three result are Medoland Lindylou at Post 3 and Lady Jake at Post 7. The other pacing filly division goes postward in the tenth race and features Battle of the Belles champion Lady Shadow. The Gregg McNair trainee will be looking for her third victory over the Grand River Raceway oval from Post 6. Guelph resident McNair conditions the Shadow Play daughter, who is sitting sixth in the point standings, for owners Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The freshman trotting fillies battle in Races 5, 7, and 11 and McNair trainee Luck Is All Ineed will be looking for her second Gold Series win from Post 1 in the last $70,000 division. The Muscle Mass filly made her first appearance in the provincial winner’s circle on Aug. 15, circling the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval in 2:00.1. Tied for second in the trotting filly point race, Luck Is All Ineed is owned by McNair and Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL. Grand River Raceway’s starter will call the first horses to the gate at 7:05 pm on Friday. The two-year-old pacing fillies will show off their speed and skill in Races 2 and 10 and the two-year-old trotting fillies will star in Races 5, 7, and 11. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0920grvrn.dat by Sandra Snyder for the OSS      

ELORA, ON - Three Of Clubs returned to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening for the first time since capturing the Battle Of Waterloo Final and cruised right back to the winner's circle. In spite of starting from Post 7 in the second $70,000 Gold Series division, driver Doug McNair of Guelph fired Three Of Clubs straight to the front, reaching the opening quarter in :27. The Mach Three son sailed along to a :56.2 half and 1:25.3 three-quarters before accelerating away from the two-year-old pacing colt field to a four length win in 1:55. Marco De Vie and Twin B Spy rounded out the top three. Trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham share ownership of Three Of Clubs, who boosted his record to four wins and two thirds in seven starts. Team McNair had another exceptional night over their hometown oval, landing in the winner's circle for a second time with Crafty Master in the last division. Doug McNair employed a come-from-behind strategy with Crafty Master, reeling in the leaders through the final turn and sprinting home to a four and one-quarter length win in 1:55.1. Fan favourite Arthur Blue Chip finished second after making an early break and Victor Bayama was third. Gregg McNair conditions Crafty Master for Robert Hamather of Exeter. Through seven starts the Mister Big son has accumulated three wins and one third. The other Gold Series division was captured by Bugger Bruiser and Guelph resident Anthony Macdonald, who battled to a one-half length win over favourite Play It Again Sam and Weatherly. The 1:54.2 victory was the second straight for the Believeinbruiser gelding, who is trained by Carmen Auciello for Denarben Stables of Thornhill and Rocco Auciello of Stouffville. The two-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 20, the same night Grand River Raceway hosts the regular season finale for the two-year-old pacing fillies and trotting fillies. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - Three-time Grassroots winner Racey Miss finally found her way into a Gold Series winner's circle with a 1:51.3 personal best at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Oakville resident Scott Zeron hustled Racey Miss off the gate from Post 6, reaching the quarter in :26.2, but then opted to drop into the pocket behind Regil Elektra. Regil Elektra carried the three-year-old pacing filly field to a :54.3 half and a 1:23 three-quarters, turning for home with a one and one-half length lead, but when Zeron asked Racey Miss for another gear the fan favourite responded with a finishing kick that propelled her by the leader and on to a neck victory. Best Impressions finished third in the $105,000 Gold Series division. Zeron engineered the win for trainer Mark Steacy and owner-breeder Hudson Standrdbrd Stb. Inc. of Hudson, QC. The victory, the Shanghai Phil daughter's eighth of the season, boosted Racey Miss into the tenth and final berth in the Sept. 28 Super Final. Lightly rated Request For Parole captured the other Gold Series division with a 1:52 come-from-behind effort for driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, trainer Normand Bardier Jr. and owner Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. Also featured on the Thursday evening program were five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and Lucky King posted the quickest mile of the five, halting the Mohawk teletimer at 1:52.2. Guelph resident James MacDonald crafted the Camluck colt's third Grassroots win for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa and Leonard Christopher of Acton. Lucky King heads into the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship ranked second in the point standings. After capturing three Grassroots events at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, father-son team Gregg and Doug McNair added one more to their tally on Thursday with OK Gladiator. The 1:53.4 win was the Mach Three colt's first in eight starts and was not enough to boost him into the post season. Guelph resident Gregg McNair shares ownership of OK Gladiator with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS The other Grassroots divisions were captured by V I P Bayama in 1:53.4; Big Green Tractor in 1:54.2; and Concert Artist in 1:53. On Friday, Sept. 13 Mohawk Racetrack welcomes the two-year-old pacing fillies and three-year-old trotting fillies for Gold Series action. The first race goes to the post at 7:25 pm. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON - Father and son Gregg and Doug McNair captured three of five Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday in a dominant display that secured three of their freshman pacing fillies a berth in the Grassroots Championship. The McNair's exceptional evening got under way in the first $18,000 division with Regally Ready. Starting from Post 3 the Royal Mattjesty daughter cruised away from the starting gate and watched from third as Savhorsrideacowboy rolled through a :27.4 quarter and a :57.2 half. Doug McNair sent the fan favourite after the leaders heading for the 1:26.2 three-quarters and Regally Ready rocketed away to a six length triumph in a personal best 1:56.4. Gregg McNair conditions Regally Ready for Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA and sent the filly out in all six regular season Grassroots events, garnering one win, three seconds, one seventh and one ninth for a point tally of 127 and a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship. In the third division Doug McNair wasted no time putting Can Art on the lead from Post 4. The Artistic Fella daughter had a one length lead by the quarter pole and extended that to three and one-quarter lengths by the finish, halting the teletimer at 1:56.2. Robert Chapple of Chatham bred and owns Can Art, who wrapped up the regular season with three wins, one fourth and one sixth, putting her third in the division standings with 161 points. The two-year-old pacing fillies will be led into the post season by McNair trainee Momara, who recorded her fifth Grassroots win in the fourth division. The Lis Mara daughter and Doug McNair dominated the talent laden field from the start, sailing home six lengths on top in 1:56.3. Gregg McNair shares ownership of Momara with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, Don MacDonald of Amherstburg and David Kryway of Amherstburg. The McNair's came within a nose of a fourth trip to the winner's circle in the last division when Therese Killean almost reeled in pacesetter and heavy favourite Itsa Surprise Tome. The fillies hit the wire in 1:59. The other Grassroots division, the only one which did not feature a McNair entry, was captured by Skippin By in 1:58.1. Doug McNair finished third with Blair Burgess trainee Double Joy. The top 10 point earners will now begin preparations for the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack, and Doug McNair will begin deliberations about which of his father's trainees he will steer in the season finale. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway on Friday with three Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. For complete results Photo 1: Doug and Gregg McNair of Guelph celebrate at Grand River Raceway after winning three Grassroots divisions, with two-year-old pacing fillies Regally Ready, Can Art and Momara, on Sept. 11. Iron Horse Photo Photo 2: Momara and driver Doug McNair of Guelph post a 1:56.3 victory in their Grassroots division at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 11, wrapping up the regular season at the top of the two-year-old pacing filly standings. Iron Horse Photo For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Fillies are in the spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, as the Campbellville oval hosts Gold Series legs for the two-year-old pacing and three-year-old trotting lasses. Undefeated Bee A Magician puts her 12 race win streak on the line from Post 4 in the first of two $105,000 sophomore trotting filly divisions. The Kadabra daughter and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville tackle a field of seven fillies in their final prep before the Sept. 28 Super Final, where Bee A Magician hopes to repeat as the division champion. Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL share ownership of Bee A Magician, who has banked $966,979 in her flawless 11-race sophomore season while battling the best fillies in North America. Current division point leader Motown Muscle will square off against Bee A Magician for the seventh time this season from Post 2. The Muscle Mass daughter came within a head of halting her rival’s win streak in the Aug. 10 Mid-Summer Challenge, and will be taking another shot at the task on Friday. Ben Baillargeon of Rockwood conditions Motown Muscle for owner-breeders Bet Max Sables Inc. of Casco, MI and Benenati Inc. of Clinton Twp., MI. The two-year-old pacing fillies return to Gold Series action on Friday for the first time since their Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk on July 19. Division leader and Mid-Summer Challenge victor Nefertiti Bluechip will be looking for her fourth victory from Post 8 in the first $105,000 division. Jack Darling of Cambridge owns and trains the Shadow Play daughter, who prepped for Friday’s test with a  Sept. 4 qualifier over the Mohawk oval, finishing second to her stablemate Alibi Seelster in a 1:57.1 clocking. Alibi Seelster will make her own bid for a fourth victory from Post 10 in the second division. Among the fillies Alibi Seelster will face is Battle of the Belles winner Lady Shadow, who has not raced since she captured the Aug. 5 event at Grand River Raceway. Guelph resident Gregg McNair conditions the Shadow Play filly for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The two-year-old pacing fillies are featured in Races 1 and 6 on Friday, while the three-year-old trotting fillies will impress Mohawk Racetrack fans in Races 2 and 3. The evening’s first race goes behind the starting gate at 7:25 pm. For complete entries For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old pacing colts return to Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 13 for the first time since they thrilled fans in the 2013 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo. This year’s champion Three Of Clubs headlines the group of 19 hopefuls heading to the Elora oval for three Gold Series divisions and the colt will start from Post 7 in the second $70,000 split, aiming to get back to business after missing the Aug. 24 Metro Pace Eliminations due to sickness. Guelph resident Gregg McNair trains Three Of Clubs and shares ownership on the winner of $116,367 with Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham. Through six lifetime starts the Mach Three son boasts a record of three wins and two thirds, with his 1:53.4 personal best coming in the Aug. 5 Battle Of Waterloo Final. Arthur Blue Chip won his Battle Of Waterloo Elimination and finished third in the Final, but the Shadow Play son has been flawless ever since, capturing his Nassagaweya division and Metro Pace Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack. Considered one of the favourites for the $683,000 Metro Pace Final, Arthur Blue Chip was scratched due to sickness just one day before the event went postward, so Friday’s event is also a rebounding opportunity for the winner of $194,495. Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph conditions Arthur Blue Chip and shares ownership of the colt with his partners in the Shadow One Stable of Guelph. The colt will make his eighth lifetime start from Post 2 in the last Gold division, hoping to pad a resume that includes five wins, one third and a personal best 1:51.2. In addition to their stable stars, McNair and Moore will harness three other hopefuls on Friday. McNair sends out Crafty Master from Post 6 in the third division, while Moore will start Play It Again Sam from Post 6 in the first division and Im Drinkin Doubles from Post 5 in the second. Grand River Raceway’s Friday evening program begins at 7:05 pm and the exciting two-year-old pacing colt battles will take place in Races 2, 6 and 10. For complete entries For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway fans will witness a heavyweight showdown in the fourth of five two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots divisions on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Ranged along the starting gate in the eighth race will be four of the fillies currently ranked among the top 10 point earners, including division leader Momara, who has not been bested since the Aug. 2 Battle of the Belles at Grand River where she finished second to stablemate Lady Shadow. Aside from the Battle of the Belles Final Momara's only other loss through seven lifetime starts came in the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs where she finished second. The Gregg McNair trainee boasts a Grassroots point tally of 225 from four wins and one second and will take aim on win number five from Post 1 on Wednesday. Guelph resident McNair shares ownership of the Lis Mara daughter with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, Don MacDonald of Amherstburg and David Kryway of Amherstburg. First in the group of fillies hoping to best Momara is Shadows Wonder, who will line up to the division leader's right at Post 2. The Shadow Play daughter is riding her own two race win streak in Grassroots action and is currently ranked fourth in the standings with 116 points. Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph trains Shadows Wonder for his partners R G McGroup td. of Bathurst, NB, and Serge Savard of Saint-Bruno, QC. From Post 3, Shes A Hotmama is in a fight to keep her spot in the top 10, sitting in a tie for ninth with 93 points. Only the top 10 point earners advance to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 21. The Major Hottie daughter posted a win in the July 9 Grassroots event at Georgian Downs, but has been unable to find her way back to the winner's circle. Stephen Charlton trains Shes A Hotmama for Larocque Racing Stb Inc. of Thornhill and Kathleen Charlton of Clifford. Girlsgotmachzie is the final top 10 point earner in the eighth race and will make her bid for a second Grassroots win from Post 5. The Mach Three filly captured her July 22 division at Mohawk Racetrack for trainer Victor Puddy and owner Percy Elkins of Campbellville, then added two seconds, one fourth and one seventh to her tally for 110 points. Post time for Wednesday's talent laden program is 7:05 pm and Grand River Raceway will feature the two-year-old pacing fillies in Races 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. For complete entries Sandra Snyder

VERNON, NY—Nuncio re-did the track record for 2-year-old trotting colts, while Goddess became the fastest 2-year-old trotting filly of 2013 at Vernon Downs in divisions of Thursday night’s $144,600 W. N. Reynolds Memorial Stake for fledgling representatives of the diagonal gait. Competing in the second division of Thursday’s $78,600 W. N. Reynolds Memorial (“The Judge Moore”) for freshmen male square-gaiters, Nuncio rallied from fourth at the half to earn a 1:54.3 victory in the ninth race, lowering the previous standard for his class, set by Lukas Hall on Aug. 8, by two ticks of the timer. Trainer Jim Oscarsson was in the sulky as the fast-closing son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle secured his third win, to go with a pair of second-place finishes, after five season’s starts. The lifetime-fastest mile increased the bay colt’s career earnings to more than $108,900. Thursday’s other division of The Judge Moore was won by Exodus Hanover in 1:55.2, with Canadian Rick Zeron doing the steering for trainer Steve Elliott, an owner along with the Old Block Stable, Kenneth Klein and the Estate of Angelo Frassetto. The front-striding career-fastest mile by the bay son of Andover Hall-Exotic Destination improved the colt’s record to six wins and a third in eight outings and his earnings to $128,455. Chris Lems did the teaming for trainer Paul Kelley in the fifth event, second division of Thursday’s $66,000 Reynolds (“The Meda”) clash for first-year female high-steppers, as Goddess used a speed spurt in the final strides to pass the pace-setting Keepsake Hanover and win by one-quarter-of-a-length in 1:56.2, eclipsing the previous 2013 mark of Thoughtfilly by 1-and-1/5th seconds. It was the second score, to go with a third-place finish, in four starts for the winner of $22,700, who is shared in ownership by Joe Sbrocco, William B. Weaver, III and the Kelley Racing Stable. The other “Meda” 2-year-old filly flight went to Chivaree Hanover who carved out a career-best 1:58.2 mile with Rick Plano piloting for trainer and owner R. Gregg McNair. The bay daughter of Muscle Hill-Celebrity Nike currently sports a 2-1-1 summary line and winnings in excess of $44,000 after five official trips to the racetrack. The Truman Gale-guided pacer Artic Byrd produced the evening’s fastest mile, a 1:53 showing in Thursday’s $7,000 10th event for owners Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell. Plano, Vernon’s top driver and trainer for the second straight season, picked up three sulky scores and two conditioning credits during Thursday’s 12-race card, while Gale also earned a “hat-trick,” and Lems a driving double. DOWNS DOINGS After 60 current programs, Plano tops the track’s standings with 108 driving wins and 42 training credits… Lems, presently third on the race-winning list, leads Plano in driving doubles at the meet, 18-17… Tomorrow night (Sept. 6) marks the “End of the Sumer Showdown” program at Vernon, with the track presenting its premier events for older representatives of the diagonal gait, the $200,000 Credit Winner Open Trot and the $200,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot… Friday’s slate, which starts at 6:45 p.m., will also include a rich New York Sires Stakes contest for 2-year-old filly pacers., a car giveaway, and a fireworks show following the 12-race… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

Two horsemen who ply their trade mainly at The Meadows are fast approaching some major milestones in their racing careers. Driver Mike Wilder is now just three wins away from scoring his 6,000th career win and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr,. is just eight wins away from posting his 5,000th training victory. Weekend Back Track $360,211 Cane Pace, 3-year-old pacers, Sept. 2, Tioga Downs 1. Captaintreacherous, 2. Word Power, 3. Wake Up Peter. Time: 1:49.2. Margin: Neck. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Tony Alagna. Winning owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. $122,212 Shady Daisy, 3-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 2, Tioga Downs 1. Scandalous Hanover, 2. Ms Caila J Fra, 3. Shebestingin. Time: 1:51. Margin: Neck. Winning driver: David Miller. Winning trainer: Casie Coleman. Winning owners: West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella. $205,608 Simcoe Stakes, 3-year-old filly trotters, Sept. 2, Mohawk 1. Bee A Magician, 2. Shared Past, 3. Motown Muscle. Time: 1:52.3 (stakes record). Margin: 1-3/4. Winning driver: Rick Zeron. Winning trainer: Nifty Norman. Winning owners: Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. $205,608 Simcoe Stakes, 3-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 2, Mohawk 1. I Luv The Nitelife, 2. Aunt Caroline, 3. Love Canal. Time: 1:50. Margin: 1. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Chris Ryder. Winning owners: Richard and Joanne Young. $648,850 Metro Pace, 2-year-old pacers, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. Boomboom Ballykeel, 2. Western Vintage, 3. Some Major Beach. Time: 1:50.4. Margin: 2-1/4. Winning driver: Sylvain Filion. Winning trainer: Richard Moreau. Winning owner: Ballykeel Racing. $618,450 Canadian Pacing Derby, older pacers, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. A Rocknroll Dance, 2. Clear Vision, 3. Foiled Again. Time: 1:47.2 (stakes record; equals track and Canadian record). Margin: Nose. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Jim Mulinix. Winning owner: A Rocknroll Dance Stable. $428,450 She’s A Great Lady, 2-year-old filly pacers, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. Precocious Beauty, 2. Gallie Bythe Beach, 3. Beach Gal. Time: 1:50.2 (equals stakes record). Margin: 1/2. Winning driver: Doug McNair. Winning trainer: Gregg McNair. Winning owner: James Avritt. $115,650 Simcoe Stakes divisions, 3-year-old trotters, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. Lindy’s Tru Grit, 2. E L Rocket, 3. High Bridge. Time: 1:53.4. Margin: Neck. 1. Your So Vain. 2. Deadliest Catch. 3. Loco Caballo. Time: 1:53.4. Margin: 4-3/4. HORSES BY EARNINGS   Horse Name Age Sex Gait Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 3 H P 8 7 1 0 1,431,273 BEE A MAGICIAN 3 M T 11 11 0 0 948,759 ROYALTY FOR LIFE 3 H T 9 5 1 0 874,850 I LUV THE NITELIFE 3 M P 11 10 0 1 852,350 FOILED AGAIN 9 G P 20 5 3 7 668,234 CORKY 3 H T 13 4 5 3 660,191 PET ROCK 4 H P 11 2 3 1 558,508 SMILIN ELI 3 H T 10 4 3 1 534,500 SPIDER BLUE CHIP 3 G T 11 6 1 1 512,113 VEGAS VACATION 3 G P 12 6 3 1 492,431   DRIVERS BY EARNINGS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Tim Tetrick 2232 439 318 300 10,805,318 Brian Sears 1604 388 280 239 9,449,214 Yannick Gingras 1632 349 265 221 8,377,282 David Miller 2015 285 308 282 7,593,810 Ronald Pierce 2564 403 344 356 7,113,282 Corey Callahan 2558 447 316 354 6,456,160 George Brennan 1724 288 305 203 6,273,212 Matthew Kakaley 2060 316 320 303 5,405,413 Andy Miller 1938 284 278 248 5,232,311 James Morrill Jr. 1212 292 242 147 4,897,624   DRIVERS BY WINS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Corey Callahan 2558 447 316 354 6,456,160 Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 2039 445 318 278 1,748,958 Tim Tetrick 2232 439 318 300 10,805,318 David Palone 1635 432 242 166 4,268,400 Ronald Pierce 2564 403 344 356 7,113,282 Bruce Aldrich Jr. 2196 395 335 294 1,827,672 Brian Sears 1604 388 280 239 9,449,214 Aaron Merriman 2233 380 370 309 2,857,040 Michael Oosting 1610 369 265 217 2,322,026 Tyler Smith 1964 356 284 247 2,227,440   TRAINERS BY EARNINGS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Ronald Burke 3071 721 504 354 13,462,430 Jimmy Takter 384 93 53 55 4,420,541 Tony Alagna 512 96 64 55 3,521,489 Rene Allard 1362 313 209 157 3,327,620 Ervin Miller 929 184 148 124 2,889,915 P J Fraley 650 127 101 89 2,875,311 Richard Moreau 964 196 158 145 2,729,467 Virgil Morgan Jr. 984 247 144 119 2,633,961 Tony O’Sullivan 573 105 98 65 2,511,644 Linda Toscano 391 78 53 73 2,502,717   DRIVERS/TRAINERS APPROACHING MILESTONES   Driver Wins               First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start W Mike Wilder   5997 $42,137,535 ScD 8/31/2013 Eric S Ledford   4993 $56,786,775 Mea 8/31/2013 Howard G Parker   4985 $45,452,303 PcD 8/30/2013 Norman Chris Boring   3979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Howard E Davis Jr 3975 $30,459,321 Har 9/2/2013 Timothy W Curtin   2985 $20,936,317 May 6/6/2013 Patrick D Berry   2980 $27,293,459 YR 9/2/2013 David Floyd Carey   2972 $2,433,051 Truro 9/1/2013 Ronald L Cushing   1997 $7,451,274 Wind 9/1/2013 Steven C Wiseman   1996 $7,552,141 Aces 8/31/2013 Ron Paul Wrenn   1995 $6,069,816 Nfld 7/18/2013 Rodney J Bolon   1992 $9,376,910 Mea 8/16/2013 Robert H Shepherd   1991 $14,648,536 GeoD 8/31/2013 Simon   Allard   1983 $15,248,659 TgDn 9/2/2013 Jerry G E Landess   1980 $2,037,837 Green 8/23/2013 John Paul Cummings Jr 1980 $8,646,735 Btva 9/2/2013 Kelly R Sheppard   1971 $9,404,905 GRvr 8/28/2013 Vaughan A Doyle   997 $780,366 Summ 9/2/2013 James R Mc Donald   997 $2,949,812 PPk 7/27/2013 Charles M Conrad   996 $5,778,458 Sbyvl 9/2/2013 DANIEL R                             OBRIAN        992 $2,122,046 GeoD 8/27/2013 Stephen K O'Toole   986 $2,423,974 PRc 9/3/2012 Robert                        L                             Sparling                                Jr 986 $5,212,019 Dres 9/2/2013 Clayton   Faurot Jr 981 $2,456,655 Mea 6/12/2013 Joseph   Ricco Jr 978 $3,727,744 MR 8/28/2013 GORDEN A MCKNIGHT   977 $2,885,134 Sar 8/31/2013 Wilbur L Yoder   976 $6,353,491 Mea 8/31/2013 John D Finn   975 $3,612,590 DuQ 8/25/2013 Darren R Crowe   975 $1,448,955 Truro 8/29/2013 Jeffrey A Smith   971 $2,729,884 Lex 8/29/2013 RONALD I MATHESON   970 $1,032,726 Chrtn 8/31/2013 Rocky Joe Loney   970 $2,398,869 VnWrt 8/29/2013 Steven B Norris   970 $2,548,111 RidC 8/29/2013                 Driver earnings in U.S. dollars             First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start Luc R Ouellette   8535 $129,529,339 Moh 8/29/2013 Stephane L Bouchard   7866 $69,999,632 Stga 8/31/2013 Peter M Wrenn   9102 $59,751,101 Lex 9/1/2013 Paul G                              MacKenzie        7769 $39,931,958 Dres 9/2/2013 James R Pantaleano   6122 $39,756,951 YR 9/2/2013 Raymond W Schnittker   2634 $39,710,068 Btva 9/2/2013 Jordan D Stratton   2321 $29,936,503 YR 9/2/2013 Aaron Edward Merriman   5938 $29,640,462 ScD 8/31/2013 Michael A Forte   3263 $19,923,592 MR 6/3/2013 Norman Chris Boring   3979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Jimmy W Takter   711 $19,787,099 Moh 8/30/2013 Thomas D Strauss   2552 $19,687,609 GeoD 8/31/2013 Darrell L Coville   6564 $19,544,572 RidC 9/1/2013 Richard Lee Farrington   1250 $9,963,277 HoP 8/31/2013 Below that are trainers who may be approaching win milestones. USTA started tracking trainer statistics in 1991, so the trainers listed in green may have had training starts and wins prior to 1991, so the Life Wins column for those trainers may not be accurate. Trainer Approaching Wins Milestones   First Middle Last Name suffix Life Wins Life Earnings Last Track Last Start birth_date Virgil V Morgan Jr 4992 $41,615,720.00 ScD 9/2/2013 11/23/1965 John G Kina   1985 $5,997,768.00 RP 9/1/2013 3/1/1969 Roger S Welch   989 $13,017,393.00 BmlP 8/31/2013 9/22/1963 Matias S Ruiz   989 $3,694,560.00 Phl 9/1/2013 2/24/1958 Jeffrey R Gillis   989 $19,624,382.00 Moh 8/31/2013 10/1/1977 Edgar R Clarke   981 $5,293,443.00 VD 9/2/2013 12/6/1955 Guy   Gagnon   979 $4,998,721.00 RidC 9/1/2013 12/20/1968 James R Mc Donald   974 $4,558,300.00 PPk 7/27/2013 10/12/1955 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

The Grand Circuit W. N. Reynolds Memorial stakes for two year old trotting colts and fillies swings into town on Thursday evening with four divisions, racing for total purses of nearly $150,000. The fillies split into a pair of sixes, each for $33,000 and Chivaree Hanover is 9-5 on the morning line for Canadian connections in the second race. Gregg McNair owns and trains the Muscle Hill lass who broke maiden in 1:59.4 at Mohawk and followed that effort with an impressive second in the Champlain, trotting her mile in 1:56.2 on that occasion. Rick Zeron is in town and catches the drive on this nice filly. A Perfect Gem has the favorite's role in division two (race five) for owners Paymaq Racing, Louis Willinger and Daniel Plouffe. She's a sharp Yankee Glide filly who hasn't missed the board in eight starts while amassing nearly $125,000 in earnings and posting a  snazzy 1:55.3 record in Pennsylvania stakes. The father/son team of Erv and Marcus Miller will handle the training and driving duties, respectively. The colt races are the seventh and ninth on the card with Exodus Hanover the choice in the $39,100 first division on the strength of five wins in seven outings. The Andover Hall colt has picked up over $100,000 this season for trainer Steve Elliott and his partners the Ang Frassetto Estate, Old Block Stables and K. Klein. Regular driver Andy Miller is aboard for the Reynolds.  Division two for a purse of $39,500, is a powerful field of eight that includes Resolve, a sharp looking Muscle Hill colt with local ties. Bred and owned by Michael and William Pozefsky along with Edward Wilson, he is the first foal of their mare Anikawiesahalee, a stakes winner for the long time Vernon patrons. Though the ownership group has had their share of success over the seasons, Resolve has the look of the one they've been waiting for. He won a division of the Kindergarten at Tioga Downs in 1:55.2 for trainer/driver Roman Lopez and will face a stern test from post eight on Thursday.      Post time is 6:45 on Thursday and you may find even more interesting information on Vernon Downs racing by visiting the track website.  by Nick Salvi  

In a dramatic closing stretch drive, Precocious Beauty and driver Doug McNair was able to edge Gallie Bythe Beach and driver John Campbell in the final strides to the wire in winning the $451,000 final of the She’s A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk Raceway Saturday. The 5th race co-feature started off with Sodoku and driver Jim Morrill, Jr. shooting to the early lead from post five with Gallie Bythe Beach taking the two-hole and Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras) caught parked out  after trying to leave from post nine as they went to the opening quarter in :26.2. Gingras was then able to get into the two-hole spot with Ali Blue behind Sodoku by the half in :54 but Campbell was not going to sit with Gallie Bythe Beach as they were on the move and took the lead away from Sodoku. Then just as they were approaching the three-quarters, Precocious Beauty and McNair has come out to mount a charge and just at the three-quarters in 1:22.2, Ali Blue and Gingras came first-over and gave Precocious Beauty live cover around the final turn. As they started down the stretch, Gallie Bythe Beach and Campbell had the lead as McNair had tipped three-wide with Precocious Beauty but was two lengths off the leader. Slowly but surely as they raced down the stretch, Precocious Beauty ate up ground, collared Gallie Bythe Beach and came on at the wire to win by a neck in 1:50.2. Beach Gal (Scott Zeron) closed to be third with Ali Blue fourth. “There was lots of speed up front tonight,” McNair said, “I figured I could race her any way I wanted to and it worked out great. It’s just awesome to be here.” Her time tied Precocious Beauty’s lifetime mark and tied the stakes record for the She’s A Great Lady. It was the fourth win in six lifetime starts for the daughter of Art Major from the great Jate Lobell mare, Precious Beauty. She is trained by Doug’s father, R. Gregg McNair and is owned by James Avritt of Lebanon, KY. Sent off as the 6/5 betting favorite, Precocious Beauty paid $4.60 to win. “She (Precocious Beauty) has one more stake up here next week,” R Gregg McNair said. “Then she has three weeks off and then we race in Kentucky and then hopefully the Breeders Crown.” By Steve Wolf  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Gregg McNair captured his first Johnston Cup award last season, and the Guelph resident is on track to repeat as the Ontario Sires Stakes’ leading trainer in 2013. Twenty different pacers and nine trotters have contributed to McNair’s second superlative season, which sees him leading the trainer standings by 67 points just past the halfway mark. Two of those pacers are currently ranked first and second in the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots standings and Momara and Can Art will be looking to maintain their standing when the fillies arrive at Mohawk Racetrack on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 2. Division leader Momara will be first out of the barn on Monday for the McNair contingent, which also includes Regally Ready and Eagle Molly. The Lis Mara daughter has been near flawless in Grassroots action, recording three wins and one second, but she faces a stiff test Monday starting from the outside Post 10 in the first $18,000 division. McNair’s son Doug, also of Guelph, will steer all four fillies, piloting Momara on behalf of his father, Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, and Don MacDonald and David Kryway of Amherstburg. All four of the McNair trainees will start on the outer half of the gate and second-ranked Can Art landed Post 9 in the third race. The daughter of Artistic Fella and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Canadette is owned by breeder Robert Chapple of Chatham and has two wins and one fourth to her credit through three Grassroots starts. Regally Ready will also start from Post 9, looking for her first Grassroots win in the fifth race. The Royal Mattjesty daughter has been close, recording a pair of seconds, but has yet to land owners Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA in the winner’s circle. The final member of team McNair, Eagle Molly, will start from Post 8 in the last division. The Eagle Luck lass, bred and owned by McNair and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, has just one start under her belt and will be looking to improve on the fifth-place result she earned at Hanover Raceway on Aug. 17. The two-year-old pacing fillies will wage their second last regular season battle in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, and 12 on Mohawk Racetrack’s holiday Monday program, which also features the Simcoe Stakes for the three-year-old pacing fillies and trotting fillies. At least half the field in each $216,429 Simcoe Stake is Ontario-sired, including trotting superstar Bee A Magician from Post 11 in the sixth race. For complete entries please click here    

 DRESDEN, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement roars into Dresden Raceway on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 2 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. Leading the charge is top point earner Cheeky Fool, featured in the last $18,000 division, who will benefit from Post 1 in his quest for a fourth Grassroots victory. The Western Maverick son races out of the Clifford Hill barn for owner Joshua Wade Jamieson of Hagersville. A pair of local colts, Regal Babe and Rather Swell, will be on the hunt for their second Grassroots victories on Monday. Regal Babe scored a 1:55.2 win in the Aug. 24 stop at Kawartha Downs after finishing out of the money in his other two Grassroots starts. Regal Babe will tackle the third race field from Post 3, with Doug McNair in the race bike for trainer Gregg McNair. Bred and owned by Chatham’s Rob Chapple, Monday’s start will be a homecoming for the son of Stonebridge Regal and Nascar Babe. Unlike Regal Babe, Rather Swell has been the model of consistency through his first three Grassroots starts. The son of Western Maverick and Breathtacular finished second in his June 27 debut at Mohawk Racetrack, won his July 6 start at Georgian Downs with a 1:54.4 mile, and finished second to Regal Babe in the Aug. 24 test. In between the gelding posted two thirds in his elimination and the consolation of the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway. Windsor resident Bob McIntosh trains Rather Swell, bred the colt in partnership with Ohio-based C S X Stables and shares ownership of him with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. Currently ranked fifth in the point standings, Rather Swell will start from Post 4 in Race 7. Dresden Raceway’s Labour Day Monday program gets under way at 1 pm and features five prize draws for Ontario Sires Stakes apparel in addition to the five Grassroots divisions, slated for Races 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0902dresn.dat by Sandra Snyder        

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